Don't underestimate the risks of flu
Flu vaccination provides the best protection against an unpredictable virus which infects many people and can cause serious illness and death each year. The vaccination is free and recommended yearly for those most at risk of flu. Having your flu vaccination at your GP surgery means that we can record your vaccination in your NHS medical record and can provide the reassurance of a medical team in a clinical environment.
Who is eligible?
- Those aged 65 and over
- Pregnant women
- Anyone living with a long term medical condition, for example: diabetes; asthma; COPD; heart, kidney or liver conditions; brain or nervous system conditions; immune system or spleen conditions
- People with caring responsibilities for an elderly or disabled person.
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Autumn 2018 FLU clinics
Our free, walk in flu clinics this year will take place on:
Monday 24 September 3pm - 7.30pm (For those aged over 65 years only*)
Monday 15 October 3pm - 7.30pm (eligible patients of all ages)
Friday 9 November 8.30am - 12.30pm (eligible patients of all ages)
Friday 16 November 2.30pm - 5.30pm (eligible patients of all ages)
*This year, NHS England have specified that two kinds of flu vaccine will be used throughout the 2018 flu vaccination programme: one kind for those under 65 years of age and another for those over 65 years of age. Our delivery of vaccines for under 65s does not arrive until after our first flu clinic on 24 September. If you are under the age of 65 and eligible to receive the flu vaccine, please attend one of our other walk in clinics where we will be able to give jabs to all patients.
Did you know? We get a payment for every single flu jab we give to one of our patients. The income from our flu clinics pays a nurse salary for 6 months. Please support your GP surgery by choosing to have your flu jab here.
Have your flu jab at the Surgery and support us
Although the flu jab is being offered by many alternative providers this year, your GP surgery is still a great place to have this done:
- we provide a safe medical environment with an excellent team of Health Care Professionals to hand
- we have direct access to your medical record
- we can check for any other vaccinations you may be entitled to
- we can update your personal details if required
- we can record directly into your notes
What should I do before my flu vaccination?
Inform us if:
- you have ever had a vaccination to a previous flu vaccination
- you are feeling unwell or have a raised temperature
- you are allergic to hen's eggs
Help the clinic run smoothly by taking off your coat and rolling up your sleeve (on the arm you don't write with) before you are called for your vaccination.
What happens after my flu vaccination?
Like all vaccines, flu vaccination can cause side effects, although not everyone gets them. You may:
- feel a temporary soreness where you have been injected
- have light swelling and redness at the site of injection
- have achy muscles or joints, a slightly raised temperature, or headache
These symptoms are to be expected and should go away within a day or so. If they last for longer or you have any symptoms that cause you concern, talk to your GP or practice nurse.
For more information on the benefits of flu vaccination visit www.nhs.uk and search "flu".